And I believe the nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it
Obama made this statement during his speech to the joint session of Congress last night.
While his point is a valid one, his fact is off.
Glenn Church at Foolocracy has the details.
The first functioning automobile is credited to Karl Benz of Germany in 1885-6. Although some like to credit Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot of France for creating a self-propelled steam engine vehicle a century earlier, Benz had the first vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine.
Perhaps Obama thought Henry Ford invented the automobile. He perfected the assembly line. Nevertheless, I am sure the Germans appreciate Obama’s standing up for their auto industry.